Insideout recently constructed a team challenge course for Thames Young Mariners. The course encourages young people to work as part of a team and helps them to develop important life skills. The course has many challenges that help participants learn from their experiences and gradually improve their performance. This learning cycle - do-review-apply - is a form of action research where they are both the Guinea pig and the researcher responsible for their own learning.
Climbing Wall, Low ropes and a High Ropes Challenge Course with 4 huge elements - Constructed in March 1999 and it is still going strong.
Tony Burley, General Manager, Wiston Lodge
A ropes course is a facility used for education, recreation or a combination of both.
It enables participants to accept challenges and develop personal and social skills through practicing new behaviours in a framework of safety and support. They might involve the participant in climbing, leaping , swinging and traversing elements, individually or whilst working with others.
A Ropes course can range from a single activity to numerous different elements and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They range from walls and towers to cow’s tail courses and continuous belay trails; Multi-activity structures to single elements constructed between trees.
Indeed, many structures that come under the auspices of ropes courses have little, if any, rope used in their construction. All ropes courses require a varying degree of supervision depending on their nature. A ropes course is a powerful tool for learning and recreation that can enable your clients to realise they are capable of achieving more than they think.